Developmental Psychology Course Descriptions

May 26, 2015


Courses & Descriptions

Introduction to Psychology and Its Principles
APSY-UE 0002, 4 points. Spring, Summer.

Introduction to the fundamental principles of psychology, emphasizing both the unity and the diversity of a field that spans major theoretical and research areas, including biological bases of human behavior, learning, development, motivation, and social and abnormal behavior. Opportunities to apply knowledge gained in lectures and readings are available through computer-based demonstrations, in-class experiments, and a required field experience. Links between research and its applications are a recurrent theme.

Community Psychology
APSY-UE 0005, 4 points. Fall, odd-numbered years.

Focuses on understanding people in their social contexts, integrates social action and psychological theory in culturally diverse contexts; introduces community psychology and perspectives on intervention and social change; and considers how contexts are powerful in shaping human behavior.

Developmental Psychology
APSY-UE 0010, 4 points. Fall, Summer.

A comprehensive overview of human development from conception through adolescence. Theories of developmental psychology are related to research findings, and implications are drawn for practical issues.

Social Psychology
APSY-UE 0013, 4 points. Spring.

Social psychology concepts, theories, and research and their relation to educational problems. Concepts treated are attitudes, values, roles, norms, communication, conformity; areas emphasized are group processes and influence, social motivation, prejudice, and authoritarianism.

Personality Theories
APSY-UE 0019, 4 points. Fall.

Consideration of the major theories of personality. The work of various theorists is discussed as it relates to personality development through the life span.

Human Development I
APSY-UE 0020, 4 points. Fall.
Nonmajors only.

Introduction to research and theory of human development across the life span. Seminal theories and basic research of individual growth and development are analyzed and critiqued. Emphasis is on the range in human development with discussion of normative and non-normative development. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of understanding the influence of normative and non-normative contexts of development, including the impact of culture, heritage, socioeconomic level, personal health, and safety. Relations between home, school, and community and their impact on development are also explored via readings, lectures, discussions, and weekly observations in the field. Interrogation of implicit folk theories as a foundation for exploration of formal knowledge of human development.

Human Development II: Application for Early Childhood Educators
APSY-UE 0021, 2 points.
Course meets first half of Spring semester.
Prerequisite: APSY-UE 0020.
Nonmajors only.

Further analysis of research findings and theories of human development focusing on early childhood and applied across various institutional contexts. Important issues include language development, assessment of readiness to learn, separation from the family, peer relationships, aesthetic experiences. Developmentally appropriate consideration of abusive and dangerous environments and of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use is also included. Direct application of theory and research is made through field-based inquiry and issue-based investigation.

Human Development II: Application for Childhood Educators
APSY-UE 0022, 2 points.
Course meets second half of Spring semester.
Prerequisite: APSY-UE 0020.
Nonmajors only.

Further analysis of research findings and theories of human development focusing on childhood and applied across various institutional contexts. Important issues include numeric competence, assessment of reading problems, and gender differences in learning styles. Developmentally appropriate consideration of abusive and dangerous environments and of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use is also included. Direct application of theory and research is made through field-based inquiry and issue-based investigation

Human Development II: Early Adolescents
APSY-UE 0023, 2 points.
Course meets first half of Spring semester.
Prerequisite: APSY-UE 0020.
Nonmajors only.

Further analysis of research findings and theories of human development focusing on early through late adolescence and applied across various institutional contexts. Important issues include puberty, cross-gender peer relations, preventing risky behaviors, understanding and mastering test-based graduation requirements, transition to work/college, identity development, depression, and aggression. Developmentally appropriate consideration of abusive and dangerous environments and of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use is also included. Direct application of theory and research is made through field-based inquiry and issue-based investigation.

Human Development II: Adolescents
APSY-UE 0024, 2 points.

Source: steinhardt.nyu.edu

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